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The Sept/Oct 2016 issue features messages for the next president from fifty American poets and writers; a profile of writer and photographer Teju Cole; an interview with award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson; a conversation about memoir between William Giraldi and Sven Birkerts; a special section on MFA programs in creative writing; a Q&A with poetry critic Steph Burt; and more.

Ampersand Episode

The ninth episode of Ampersand features a preview of the new issue of the magazine; Tina Chang, Junot Díaz, Evie Shockley, and others sharing messages for the next president; advice from MFA students; a clip from an interview with Tracy Sherrod; and more.

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Dear President: A Message for the Next Commander in Chief From Fifty American Poets and Writers

by Staff

Feature

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Fifty American poets and writers offer messages to the next commander in chief about what’s most important to them, and what they hope to see in the next four years.

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Q&A: Sherrod Celebrates Amistad Press

by Dana Isokawa

News and Trends

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Tracy Sherrod, current editorial director of Amistad Press, discusses how the publisher of multicultural voices has changed over its thirty-year history, as well as the challenges it faces today.

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Reviewers & Critics: Steph Burt

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Steph Burt, acclaimed critic, poet, and Harvard professor, talks about their path to becoming a poetry critic, working as both a poet and a critic, and how the internet has greatly expanded the conversations surrounding poetry and poetics.

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